The number of people who died in road collisions in Ireland in 2018 was the lowest since road deaths were first recorded in 1959.

Up to Monday, a total of 149 people lost their lives in road collisions over the past 12 months, compared to 156 lives lost in 2017 - that's a drop of 4%.

The figures from the Road Safety Authority show 9 people died in road crashes in Co Mayo last year, with 8 fatalities in Galway, 3 in Roscommon and one in Sligo.

Transport Minister Shane Ross says that, although the figures show a marginal improvement, they are not good enough.

He says speed continues to kill, while drink-driving persists, and unaccompanied learner drivers continue to break the law.

Minister Ross says reckless road users cannot be allowed to ruin the lives of innocent others and their families, and he says that in 2019 the crusade to improve road safety and save lives will accelerate.

The 2018 figures show an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities.

Sunday was the most dangerous day of the week on Ireland's roads last year, while 41% of fatalities that occurred on Sunday were in the early hours of the morning.

Almost half of all road fatalities occurred over the weekend.




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